THURSDAY LOW POINTS: ‘SHUT UP’, ‘CLOWN’, ‘LIAR’ AND ‘RACIST’ 01 OCTOBER, 2020 morningstandard.in facebook.com/TheMorningStandard twitter.com/TheMornStandard instagram.com/themorningstandard STUBBLE BURNING TRUMP, BIDEN CLASH IN BITTER US PREZ DEBATE Liquid solution to convert straw into manure The first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday was marked by angry interruptions and bitter accusations GREEN OPTION FOR FARMERS A CAPITAL VIEW OF NEWS PAGE 4 NEW DELHI J8.00 PAGES 12 1 L K Advani No evidence to show that he instigated the crowd and raised slogans 2 3 Kalyan Singh No concrete evidence produced by the CBI to show his direct involvement in the case 4 Uma Bharti No evidence to show that speeches given by her hurt the religious sentiments of people at large 5 Vinay Katiyar No specific slogan was shown by the CBI to establish it was communal in nature 6 Sadhvi Ritambhara The CBI failed to produce original transcript of her speeches and didn’t even seal the tape recorder 7 Mahant Nrityagopal Das The CBI did not mention any role of his in the charge sheet 8 Ram Vilas Vedanti The CBI did not mention any role describing his involvement in the charge sheet To prove an offence under Section 153 A and 153 A of IPC (Indian Penal Code), the prosecution has to prove that which accused gave what specific speech that led to enmity between two groups and led to a breakdown in communal harmony. If the accused have merely given a inciting speech, only on that basis the person cannot be pronounced guilty. S K Yadav, CBI Special Judge The judgment vindicates my personal and the BJP’s belief and commitment towards the Ram Janmabhoomi Movement L K Advani, BJP leader IPL TODAY PUNJAB MUMBAI After suffering a heartbreaking loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Super Over, Mumbai Indians would be looking to heal the scars with a win when they meet Kings XI Punjab on Thursday in Abu Dhabi. ODDS: KXIP 21/17 MI 7/10 LIVE: Star Sports1/Hotstar @ 7.30pm FATAL DEATHS MOSTLY IN FIVE DAYS In contrast to Covid victims in the US who succumbed nearly 13 days after being hospitalised and up to 2-3 weeks in China, most patients die barely 5 days in India | P7 Oct 15 DATE OF 2ND PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE, FOLLOWED BY A 3RD ON OCTOBER 22 Gang-rape victim even denied dignity in death. What’s happening in UP? REASONING FOR ACQUITTAL OF THE BIGGIES Murli Manohar Joshi No voice sample was submitted to show the speeches given were of the same person Moderated by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, the debate saw the rivals go personal in their barbs. At one point, Biden lost his cool and shouted, “Will you shut up, man? This is so unpresidential” Trump responded saying Biden was so dumb | P9 SIGH OF RELIEF FOR SAFFRON LEADERSHIP Leaders of the saffron fraternity, including (from left) L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Sakshi Maharaj, Sadhvi Ritambhara and Vinay Katiyar break into smiles after their acquittal by the trial court. The Opposition, however, called the verdict obnoxious, with the Congress saying it ran counter to the constitutional spirit DEC 6, 1992 ADVANI, OTHERS ACQUITTED IN BABRI CONSPIRACY CASE Trial court finds no plot to demolish the structure, claims it was spontaneous; blames it on anti-social elements; criticises the CBI for shoddy prosecution N A M I TA B A J PA I @ Lucknow AN attempt to unravel the conspiracy to demolish the Babri Masjid flew out of the window on Wednesday as , a special CBI court acquitted all 32 accused, including BJP biggies L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalyan Singh and Uma Bharti, due to lack of conclusive evidence. Rejecting the criminal conspiracy theory, the court observed that the demolition of the 16th century mosque in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 was spontaneous and not pre-planned. Reading out the operative portion of the 2,300-page judgment in five minutes, special judge S K Yadav observed that the CBI had failed to produce conclusive and enough cor roborative evidence against any of the accused to prove their complicity in the demolition. Implicating the CBI further, the judge held that the role of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, too, could not be proved by the evidence produced by the prosecution. “Even VHP leader late Ashok Singhal was trying to stop kar sevaks from demolishing the disputed structure because idol of Lord Ram was also inside it,” the judge said. He held that the CBI could not establish the role of any of the accused with supporting evidence during the proceedings. Judge Yadav said media reports and newspaper clippings produced by the prosecution could not be accepted as pieces of evidence as their original sources were not produced and proved. He said photos related to the incident produced by the prosecution, too, could not be relied upon as their negatives were not submit- ted, which was mandatory . The judge also observed that none of the locals of Ayodhya testified against any of the accused to prove that they incited the mob to demolish the structure at the disputed site. “Anti-social elements brought down the structure. The accused leaders tried to stop these people,” said the special judge. Pointing out that audio and video cassettes produced in the court by the prosecution were not sealed and even the videos were not clear, the verdict said they seemed to be fabricated and tampered with. The court observed that till noon everything was fine in Ayodhya on that fateful day Then some anti-so. cial elements started brick-batting from behind the Babri structure. “There is no evidence that the accused tied together in a common cause with with anti-social elements to bring down the structure. The leaders s e at e d n e a r t h e R a m Chabutra did not anticipate that a section of kar sevaks will get agitated and climb the disputed structure,” the judge said. The court also criticised the district administration for failing to act on intelligence reports on the presence of anti-social elements. The judge cited the statement of witness Anju Gupta, the then Ayodhya ASP, who was part of Advani’s security detail on December 6 1992. She had claimed that some ‘dacoits and criminals’ had mingled with the crowd of kar sevaks and had subsequently testified in court. Later, prosecution lawyer Lalit Singh said a decision on whether or not to challenge the verdict will be taken at the CBI headquarters in New Delhi after consultations with P7 legal experts. Bodies of trio killed in fake encounter to be exhumed F AYA Z W A N I @ Srinagar THE bodies of three labourers, who were killed on July 18 allegedly in a fake encounter in Shopian and buried quietly in north Kashmir, will be exhumed and handed over to their families for proper burial at their native places. “As the DNA samples of three bodies of Rajouri matched with their family members, the bodies will be exhumed and handed over to their families after due process of law,” Inspector General of Police Vijay Kumar said. The DNA samples of the three labourers — Imtiyaz Ahmed, Abrar Ahmed and Mohammad Ibrar — matched with their family members in Rajouri. The trio was working as labourers and living in a rented accommodation in Shopian. They went missing from July 17 and killed in an alleged fake encounter the next day On July 18, the police and the . army said in a joint operation launched on information from the army, troops had killed three unidentified militants at Amshipora, Shopian. The police had claimed to have recovered arms and ammunition and incriminating material from the possession of the slain persons. But, in the first week of August, the three families from Rajouri identified the slain persons as their wards after their photographs appeared on social media. Since then they have been demanding handing over of bodies so that they can be given proper burial. After the families filed a case, the police and the army lodged separate inquiries into the killing. The police have arrested two persons in connection with the killing of the three labourers. “Some persons were on our radar and two persons have been arrested and they are being questioned,” Director General of Police Dilbag Singh told reporters. CBI failed to follow basic norms for presenting proof K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi THE CBI ought to hold itself responsible for failing to follow even basic norms while bringing evidence on record, which led to the acquittal of all 32 accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case. Special Judge S K Yadav in his 2,300-page ruling said photocopies and not originals of the statements made by some accused persons were submitted, which cannot be relied on. Also, audio cassettes were tampered with and not sealed. Besides, negatives of photographs were not submitted. “All the speeches, clippings of newspapers which were not testified, photographs doesn’t show an iota of evidence that the accused persons hatched the conspiracy together,” the judge concluded. Dissecting the submitted speeches, he said, the recordings of slogans raised by a specific accused did not correlate with the voice samples of that person. On the prosecution witnesses claiming that some of the accused raised the slogan ek dhakka aur do Babri masjid tod do (give one more push to demolish Babri masjid), no record or matching voice samples were presented, he pointed out. Regarding the statements submitted by the CBI, the verdict said the testimonies of the witnesses recorded under 161 CrPC and what was said in court do not match. Also, none of the witnesses took direct name of the accused persons, it added. D E L H I COV I D WAT C H STATUS OF CASES Today Cumulative 3,965 41 -3,390 Recovered Death Active cases Positive cases 2,47,446 5,361 30914 26,908 PATIENT MANAGEMENT Total beds Occupied Vacant Hospital Care centre Health centre 15,834 8,137 527 6,283 9,551 1266 5,705* 312 215 HOME ISOLATION : 15,657 *1166 beds of CCC are occupied by persons under quarantine including travellers who came by Vande Bharat Mission and bubble flights TESTING STATUS 11,184 48,623 RTPCR/CBNAAT/ TrueNat tests conducted Rapid antigen test conducted in the city 30,79,965 1,62,103 Total tests done so far Tests per million Containment zones as on date: 2570 Calls received in control room: 137 Total number of calls dispatched to ambulances: 1414 Total number of calls refused : Nil Source: Delhi health bulletin | Data for Sept 30 Police personnel inspect the area after a protest against the Uttar Pradesh government over the death of a 19-year-old woman who was brutally gang-raped two weeks ago, in Hathras district on Wednesday | PTI UNEASY QUESTIONS NAMITA BAJPAI & SOMRITA GHOSH AFTER the horrific brutality that the gang-rape victim from Hathras district in Uttar Pradesh suffered when alive, the 19-year-old was denied dignity even in death by Uttar Pradesh Police. The Dalit girl, who died at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital on Tuesday was forcibly cre, mated early Wednesday by Hathras police amid their claims to the contrary As the . police action sparked a massive public outrage, the Yogi Adityanath government ordered an SIT probe and vowed that no culprit would be spared. Following the girl’s death, her younger brother and father were made to wait for hours before they could head back to their village Boolgarhi in Hathras late at night. It was around 1 am when the police, along with the body and the family, reached the village. However, the police didn’t take the body to the house, her family and villagers said. The family, including the mother, elder brother and father, said they pleaded with the police to allow them to take their daughter home. But the police “forced” them to complete the last rites immediately . “When my father reached Hathras, he was immediately taken to cremation ground by the police,” the victim’s brother told the media. The body was cremated around 3 am by the police despite the fact that a cremation usually does not take place at night. The district police and administration refuted the allegations. Hathras SP Vikrant Veer denied any “urgency” by the police and said the situation was calm in the village. DM Praveen Kumar Lakshakar said the family’s claims were false while joint magistrate Prem Prakash Meena claimed the last rites were performed with the family’s cooperation. As the UP government and police came under fire from all quarters, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to CM Yogi Adityanath and called for strictest action against the culprits. The state government set up a three-member Special Investigation Team to probe the incident and submit its report within a week. “We will take the case to a fast-track court and ensure strictest punishment for the perpetrators. The state government stands by the bereaved family,” Yogi said. He spoke to the family via videolink and promised all help. The CM announced a financial assistance of `25 lakh for the family He also promised . a government job to one of her family members and a house in Hathras city . However, the Opposition parties went all guns blazing at the Yogi government while protests erupted across UP and in Delhi. While the NHRC issued notices to the UP government and police chief, the NCW demanded an explanation from the DGP for cremation of the body without the family’s involvement. P5 & 8 Maharashtra not to implement farm laws Cinema theatres can open from October 15 Why did the police not hand over the body to the girl’s family in Delhi immediately after the autopsy? Why did they force the parents to do the last rites in the wee hours after reaching their village in UP? Is it normal to cremate anybody after sunset among Hindus? Why was an exception made in the girl’s case? CONGRESS, LEFT STAGE PROTESTS Congress, Left and Bhim Army activists staged protests near the Uttar Pradesh Bhawan and India Gate in the national capital on Wednesday, demanding justice for the victim Hathras’ Nirbhaya has not died, she has been killed — by a ruthless government, by its administration and by the UP government’s ignorance Sonia Gandhi, Cong chief @ Lucknow / New Delhi S U D H I R S U R YA W A N S H I @ Mumbai BUCKLING under pressure from the Congress, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray formed a cabinet sub-committee to study if the new farm laws should be implemented or not in Maharashtra, which in effect means the laws have been in cold storage in the state. “The committee will study the law and submit its report to the cabinet. After that a decision will be taken over the implementation of the laws. We will take a decision in favour of the farmers. The farmers should not be exploited by the big and corporate buyers,” said Maharashtra Congress chief and revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat. Earlier, Congress ministers had threatened to boycott the cabinet meeting on Wednesday if the order to implement the farm laws was not cancelled. “The order issued by the marketing and cooperative secretary was cancelled after we threatened to boycott the cabinet meeting,” a senior Congress minister said. In the cabinet meeting, Thackeray assured the Congress ministers that no farm law would be implemented in Maharashtra. Later, BJP MLA Ashish Shelar said this showed that Thackeray had no free hand in running the government. The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday issued new guidelines for re-opening activities WHAT IS ALLOWED Cinemas/ theatres/ multiplexes with up to 50% seating capacity Business to Business exhibitions Swimming pools for training of sportspersons Entertainment parks and similar places (For these, detailed guidelines will be issued by the respective ministries later) SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES State / UT governments can take a decision after October 15 in a graded manner
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